Queer Youth Updates

A weekly e-newsletter resource for Queer/Ally Youth of Santa Cruz County. A program of the Safe Schools Project.

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For Youth


Weekly Meet-ups for Queer, Trans* & Allied Youth

The Diversity Center Youth Program hosts weekly Meet-ups every week! On Friday, from 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm, at the First Christian Church in Watsonville and every Saturday, from 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm, at the Diversity Center in Santa Cruz… Read More…


Resources


Safe Schools Project
The Safe Schools Project, founded in 2004, works to raise awareness of the atmosphere queer youth face on school campuses in Santa Cruz County, advocate for the enforcement of AB 537, The California Student Safety & Violence Prevention Act of 2000, and be a catalyst for action in each Santa Cruz County school district to make schools safer for all youth…Read More…


Queer Youth News & Updates
The Queer Youth News & Updates section gives you information about local and national news.


Queer Youth Community Events

Agenda

  1. Jul
    22
    Sat

    1. 2017 Gender Spectrum Conference (all-day) @ Saint Mary’s College of California
      Jul 22 – Jul 23

      This year’s theme for the conference is “Seen, Safe and Supported”. We chose this because with the increased attention regarding gender diversity, the real, lived experience of Transgender, Non-binary and otherwise Gender-expansive children and youth’s lives can get lost. This weekend is a place to come together, to be seen, to learn, to share our experiences and to gain support from one another. Whether you are attending for the first time or returning to the conference, you will find respite in a community who sees, supports and welcomes you as you are.

      Unique programs available for ages Pre-K – Adult!

      Visit genderspectrum.org for registration pricing, programs, and additional information.

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      2017 Gender Spectrum Conference @ Saint Mary’s College of California (all-day)
    2. Queer Youth Leadership Meet-Up @ The Diversity Center
      1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

      Saturday Youth Leadership Meet-Up

      Our Saturday group is comprised of youth who have come together to design and implement events and learn leadership skills while connecting with new friends and having a great time. All teens in middle school and high school are welcome to join!

       For more information please visit the Diversity Center Youth Program website.

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      1:00 pm
      Queer Youth Leadership Meet-Up @ The Diversity Center
  2. Jul
    25
    Tue

    1. Black Butterflies – A Collaborative Youth Arts Project @ Strand Theater
      7:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      When you’re a young girl of color caught in the stifling web of educational neglect, calcified courts, and an overwhelmed incarceration system, it’s easy to become a statistic. Pushed out of society, Aisha, Mercedes, and Dani fiercely fight to survive the “school and prison nexus,” with their humanity, dignity, and individuality intact. Through the varied stories of these resilient girls, Black Butterflies explores how a broken system of schools, families, and courts can collude to trap girls of color.

      This world premiere by award-winning and nationally-recognized playwright Darren Canady combines a cast of young actors from the A.C.T. Education & Community Program, Destiny Arts Center in Oakland, and the Young Conservatory.

      The Rueff at A.C.T.’s Strand Theater, San Francisco, CA, July 25–29 @ 7 pm

      Destiny Arts Center, Oakland, CA -  August 4 @ 7pm or August 5 @ 2pm

      Click Here for tickets!

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      7:00 pm
      Black Butterflies – A Collaborative Youth Arts Project @ Strand Theater
  3. Jul
    26
    Wed

    1. Beach Clean up with The Epicenter
      3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

      Join us for our monthly service day! We will be cleaning the beach and enjoying the waves! Need a ride? Email angelica@epicentermonterey.org for a permission slip to ride with us!

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      3:30 pm
      Beach Clean up with The Epicenter
    2. Black Butterflies – A Collaborative Youth Arts Project @ Strand Theater
      7:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      When you’re a young girl of color caught in the stifling web of educational neglect, calcified courts, and an overwhelmed incarceration system, it’s easy to become a statistic. Pushed out of society, Aisha, Mercedes, and Dani fiercely fight to survive the “school and prison nexus,” with their humanity, dignity, and individuality intact. Through the varied stories of these resilient girls, Black Butterflies explores how a broken system of schools, families, and courts can collude to trap girls of color.

      This world premiere by award-winning and nationally-recognized playwright Darren Canady combines a cast of young actors from the A.C.T. Education & Community Program, Destiny Arts Center in Oakland, and the Young Conservatory.

      The Rueff at A.C.T.’s Strand Theater, San Francisco, CA, July 25–29 @ 7 pm

      Destiny Arts Center, Oakland, CA -  August 4 @ 7pm or August 5 @ 2pm

      Click Here for tickets!

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      7:00 pm
      Black Butterflies – A Collaborative Youth Arts Project @ Strand Theater
  4. Jul
    27
    Thu

    1. Black Butterflies – A Collaborative Youth Arts Project @ Strand Theater
      7:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      When you’re a young girl of color caught in the stifling web of educational neglect, calcified courts, and an overwhelmed incarceration system, it’s easy to become a statistic. Pushed out of society, Aisha, Mercedes, and Dani fiercely fight to survive the “school and prison nexus,” with their humanity, dignity, and individuality intact. Through the varied stories of these resilient girls, Black Butterflies explores how a broken system of schools, families, and courts can collude to trap girls of color.

      This world premiere by award-winning and nationally-recognized playwright Darren Canady combines a cast of young actors from the A.C.T. Education & Community Program, Destiny Arts Center in Oakland, and the Young Conservatory.

      The Rueff at A.C.T.’s Strand Theater, San Francisco, CA, July 25–29 @ 7 pm

      Destiny Arts Center, Oakland, CA -  August 4 @ 7pm or August 5 @ 2pm

      Click Here for tickets!

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      7:00 pm
      Black Butterflies – A Collaborative Youth Arts Project @ Strand Theater
  5. Jul
    28
    Fri

    1. Diversity Center LGBTQ Youth Meet-Ups – Every Friday! @ First Christian Church
      3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

      In partnership with the First Christian Church, The Diversity Center’s LGBTQ Youth Program will be holding Queer Youth Meetups in Watsonville starting December 4th! Every Friday after school, youth ages 12 – 18 are invited to join our dynamic team of youth activists and leaders from the Santa Cruz County. This meetup group will run in conjunction with the Saturday LGBTQ Youth Meetups; more for you to choose!

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      3:30 pm
      Diversity Center LGBTQ Youth Meet-Ups – Every Friday! @ First Christian Church
    2. Black Butterflies – A Collaborative Youth Arts Project @ Strand Theater
      7:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      When you’re a young girl of color caught in the stifling web of educational neglect, calcified courts, and an overwhelmed incarceration system, it’s easy to become a statistic. Pushed out of society, Aisha, Mercedes, and Dani fiercely fight to survive the “school and prison nexus,” with their humanity, dignity, and individuality intact. Through the varied stories of these resilient girls, Black Butterflies explores how a broken system of schools, families, and courts can collude to trap girls of color.

      This world premiere by award-winning and nationally-recognized playwright Darren Canady combines a cast of young actors from the A.C.T. Education & Community Program, Destiny Arts Center in Oakland, and the Young Conservatory.

      The Rueff at A.C.T.’s Strand Theater, San Francisco, CA, July 25–29 @ 7 pm

      Destiny Arts Center, Oakland, CA -  August 4 @ 7pm or August 5 @ 2pm

      Click Here for tickets!

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      7:00 pm
      Black Butterflies – A Collaborative Youth Arts Project @ Strand Theater
  6. Jul
    29
    Sat

    1. Queer Youth Leadership Meet-Up @ The Diversity Center
      1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

      Saturday Youth Leadership Meet-Up

      Our Saturday group is comprised of youth who have come together to design and implement events and learn leadership skills while connecting with new friends and having a great time. All teens in middle school and high school are welcome to join!

       For more information please visit the Diversity Center Youth Program website.

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      1:00 pm
      Queer Youth Leadership Meet-Up @ The Diversity Center
    2. Black Butterflies – A Collaborative Youth Arts Project @ Strand Theater
      7:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      When you’re a young girl of color caught in the stifling web of educational neglect, calcified courts, and an overwhelmed incarceration system, it’s easy to become a statistic. Pushed out of society, Aisha, Mercedes, and Dani fiercely fight to survive the “school and prison nexus,” with their humanity, dignity, and individuality intact. Through the varied stories of these resilient girls, Black Butterflies explores how a broken system of schools, families, and courts can collude to trap girls of color.

      This world premiere by award-winning and nationally-recognized playwright Darren Canady combines a cast of young actors from the A.C.T. Education & Community Program, Destiny Arts Center in Oakland, and the Young Conservatory.

      The Rueff at A.C.T.’s Strand Theater, San Francisco, CA, July 25–29 @ 7 pm

      Destiny Arts Center, Oakland, CA -  August 4 @ 7pm or August 5 @ 2pm

      Click Here for tickets!

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      7:00 pm
      Black Butterflies – A Collaborative Youth Arts Project @ Strand Theater